The Road to Zero Coalition, managed by the National Safety Council, released a comprehensive report in April laying out strategies to end roadway deaths in the US by 2050. It is the first time so many organizations have collaborated to put forth a plan to address motor vehicle fatalities. Road to Zero Coalition Chair Debbie Hersman and ITE Executive Director Jeff Paniati discuss the strategies and concepts outlined in the report.
Matthew Dyrdahl, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator in the Minneapolis Department of Public Works, Amber Dallman, Minnesota Department of Transportation bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, and Sarah Stewart, senior public health specialist with the Minneapolis Health Department talk about the intersection of active transportation and health in Minneapolis and beyond in Minnesota. Sponsored by Miovision.
The Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions and Dollars (CTEDD) is a USDOT (Tier-1) University Transportation Center. As indicated by its name, CTEDD does research into transportation equity issues. Two researchers associated with the center are Dr. Diane Jones Allen of the University of Texas at Arlington and Dr. Sean Barbeau of the University of South Florida. In this podcast they talk about their research projects; “Assessment of Extreme Weather Events Under Changing Climate on Transit Desert Communities” (Allen) and “Assisting New Transit Riders, including those with Disabilities, via an App Designed for All” (Barbeau).
Megan Wier, MPH is director of the program on Health, Equity and Sustainability in the Environmental Health Branch at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, where she and her team develop and apply innovative approaches to using health data and evidence to inform safe, sustainable and equitable planning and policy in collaboration with local communities and government agencies. Megan co-chairs the San Francisco Vision Zero Task Force and oversees comprehensive, collaborative data systems in support of evaluation, monitoring and analysis of San Francisco’s evidence-based transportation injury prevention initiatives.
Lauren Blackburn, AICP, brings her perspective to the health and transportation discussion based upon her more than 14 years of experience in multimodal and long-range planning, with key areas of interest in bicycle and pedestrian transportation, comprehensive planning, roadway safety, and community health. In the episode, she discusses how Vision Zero can be a conduit for the relationship between the health and transportation industries, and how steps like sharing a common vocabulary can help transportation and health professionals start working together on common goals. Lauren oversaw the development of Watch for Me NC, a statewide bicycle and pedestrian safety program for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and managed the state’s first comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle plan – Walk Bike NC. Lauren is currently based in VHB‘s Raleigh, NC office where she is a senior project manager.
In this episode, ITE Member William J. (Jeff) Davis, Ph.D., Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Daniel Bornstein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science, discuss the intersection of transportation and health. Jeff and Dan are colleagues at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
This episode of ITE Talks Transportation kicks off a new series on ITE initiatives, starting with Transportation and Health. City of Fort Worth, Texas Mayor Betsy Price talks about how transportation and health are linked in the city’s initiatives and partnerships aimed at providing choices that help people improve their health.